When we’d interrupt the male hunting for worms in the front yard, he’d do that thing robins do: advance on stamping feet with a defiant look in his eyes that seemed to say, “Come any closer and I’ll cut you.”, “Dude,” I wanted to say to the 6-inch-tall bird. Of course, they probably think they’re sharing their home with me. Then there are the sparrows. Yesterday I went to see if they were ok and they were all gone! It's easy to do. Simply click here to return to. Left for 2 hours, then checked nest and they were gone. It was as if the whole feathered family had been Raptured away. Daddy Robin sitting next to her. My Lovely Wife and I weren’t sure that it was the same couple, though we liked to think so. She was sitting on her 2 days old babies last night and then this morning the babies are nowhere to be found. Mama still hasn't come back and we are heartbroken. We repeatedly took it down before she could lay the eggs. 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My robin parents had 4 eggs ... they hatched two days ago and today, and mom and dad were watching and feeding their young. Does the parent ever move their young? Missing Baby Robins by: Carolyn I just noticed last week that a robin had four babies in a nest right outside my home office window. It was the first species she learned to identify as a student.). Before long the nest was done, the eggs were laid. I assume they were taking it to use in nests of their own. Each day we watched and eventually 4 babies were born. Yesterday I went to see if they were ok and they were all gone! Just lost my day old Robins to a probable predator! I just noticed the nest outside my daughter’s bedroom window is empty. When I went outside to investigate, the adult robins didn’t bother chirping angrily at me. Nature can be so cruel. Two days after hatching, I went out to check on them, and they were nowhere in sight. They, too, were nowhere to be seen. This year, though, the robins were resigned to our presence — mellow, even. We are so sad to think that a predator got them. The remaining baby grew until it looked almost as big as an adult robin. They’re always getting pushed around by the other birds, but they appear content with their lot, settling for seed the other birds knock from the feeder. Robyn’s guess was that another bird cleaned out the nest, probably a member of the corvid family: a blue jay, a common grackle or a crow. Robin’s-egg blue, I guess you could call the color. We have three backyard bird feeders that we can see from the kitchen — seed, thistle and suet — though we don’t always remember to keep them filled. The eggs were gone, not a single shard of eggshell anywhere. Hawk steals two 14 day old baby robins right out of nest - YouTube It’s enjoyable watching the downy woodpeckers peck at the suet and the thistle-hungry goldfinches get progressively golder as the days lengthen. Once the female is finished laying a set of eggs, she settles into the nest and doesn’t leave until they hatch. So sad, we were so excited to watch them grow up and take flight. I don't see any signs of them on the ground, either. Anything I can do to prevent this if they lay more eggs this season? I'm sure it was the Starlings or crows. I didn't know what to do, so I put it back in the nest. I am grieving and dreading having to break the news to my daughter. Our family too has been tracking the progress of a young robin family who built a best outside our front door. Join in and write your own page! I looked around and finally found one baby on the ground and very cold (I think dead). I don't see anything there at all. ALL BY MYSELF! Click the link below to find out how. Thank you for sharing your story. I have two hands and in my high school woodworking class could barely fashion a lamp stand. Then one day I heard the parent singing/chirping very loudly and when I went to look, the bird was out of the nest and sitting on a wire attached to the house just chirping away. The nest is in a Bush next to my living room window. Daddy flew off and came back with a worm in his mouth. If the meek shall inherit the earth, then someday sparrows will rule. I designed, built and marketed this website She also said I might see chicks yet. Then on Monday after noticing both mama and papa were keeping away but squawking, I took a peek and there was not a baby birdie in sight. One day I came to the Cardinals nest and there was only 2 the following day there was only 1 egg the next day it hatched it was cute and the following day the chick was gone I hope it did not get eaten by a predator. They looked to be "teenagers" (not newborns but not adults). How? There was a very persistent mother/father robin building a nest inside of our garage on top of our garage door track -- the chain moved right through the nest, shaking the whole thing every time we opened or closed the garage door! I'm hoping that maybe they fledged. The next morning the nest was empty. This made sense. I found that by positioning a step ladder in the basement, I could peer through a window directly at the nest. I had 3 eggs in my backyard rose bush and every day I looked to see if they hatched. Does anyone know what could have happened?Thanks for your story - depending on how old the babies were, a couple of things could have happened. The babies were just hours old. Last year, the robins were skittish. They were only 5 days old, so much too young to have left the nest on their own. Robins can raise two and sometimes even three broods each year. I went about my potting of plants. 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